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Old 01-03-2013, 02:18 PM   #1
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Pixie Dust Overload - the day I won One More Disney Day

Hi Everyone . I’ve been on the DIS for quite a while, but usually in the form of a lurker, and not really a poster. However, I really love reading trip reports & looking at everyone’s pictures & stories. I figured I’d finally give writing my own trip report a go since I finally had a fun story to tell …… So here’s goes nothing!!

I’ll introduce myself and my family first, then I’ll tell you our One More Disney Day story ..

I’m Jennifer (but usually just Jen). I never did much traveling as a child and never got to do Disney growing up (tragic, right?), but don’t worry… I have been busy making up for my childhood Disney absence now as an adult! I love all things Disney, as well as photography, blogging & scrapbooking. I usually read all sorts of Disney websites daily and love daydreaming about and planning our next Disney trip (even when we don’t have one booked). Since we live in Nevada, we mostly go to DL, but we’ve also been to WDW once in 2010.

DBF – Andy. We’ve been together 7+yrs. On the outside, he pretends he doesn’t love Disney, but I know he really does, (really!). He enjoys the rides & food, but most importantly enjoys the fact that I super-plan all our trips, and all he has to do is show up. Besides all that, our trips get him out of work, so what’s not to love??? He really is a trooper though, and puts up with all my Disney obsessions (which probably only got worse after OMDD )

DS – Tyler. He’s 11 and a really great kid (and not just because I'm saying so). His first trip to DL was when he was 3 years old, and he’s always loved Disney.. Now that he’s older, according to him the taller, faster and/or wetter the ride, the better. This year he wrote in a school essay that I was a “psycho Disney mom”. I hope his teacher understood he meant psycho in the good way. (full disclosure - That essay was written during the Mom's Panel application process, (Round2 for me this year) so I'm quite sure psycho could've been partially accurate, LOL.)

DD (as in Daughter/slash/Dog) - Rylee. She is a yellow lab. I can't believe I almost forgot to include her here. She is the one thing I probably have as many photos of as Disney. Our Ryles is probably the only reason we don't do DL more -- She is such an important part of our family & so completely spoiled... The boys always miss her terribly whenever we're away.




Here we are at our last stay at the Grand Californian:

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Old 01-03-2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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chapters



Photos
Disclaimer
The BEST day ever
The BEST day ever - part two
Decision Time
The Waiting Game
The Wait is Over
Getting Ready
Day One (part one)
Day One (part two)
Day Two
Day Three (part one)
Day Three (part two)
Day Four (part one)
Day Four (part two)
Day Five (part one)
Day Five (part two)
Day Six (part one)
Day Six (part two)
Day Seven (part one)
Day Seven (part two) / Conclusion
My Trip Scrapbook


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Old 01-03-2013, 02:39 PM   #3
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some photos

Warning: I am photography obsessed, and I have loads of prized Disney photos...

Here are some pics from our past trips .......



of course he loves Disney, why do you ask?


back when my child was sweet, young & innocent...


a little less young, a little less innocent, LOL




and a couple of my favorite photos from around the parks.. There are so many beautiful things to photograph in the parks.. Doesn't everyone have Disney Park photos hanging in their houses like me?


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Another benefit to the cold weather- the animals on the trails were out on display for you. It was great to see your picture of the tiger on the move.

Wow! That may just be a little TOO close up on the hippo. The warthog is way cute! The gorillas are intriguing, too.

Sounds like a nice relaxing evening of touring AKL, some pool time, some a casual dinner and your own front row seat for the fireworks and the ELP!
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Following! Very excited to finally see a TR for one of the OMDD winners =)
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:22 PM   #8
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Thanks for posting. So excited to read a trip report from a winner!
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What a great time to start this report, just as we are getting all excited about the new giveaway.

Love your pictures from past trips!

I'm in!

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What a great time to start this report, just as we are getting all excited about the new giveaway.

Love your pictures from past trips!

I'm in!

Dee


Dee, How fun that you're here!

*(SPOILER ALERT)* : Your awesome resort threads have been super helpful to us!....
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Sign me up coach...I'm in and looking forward to your TR!
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Dee, How fun that you're here!

*(SPOILER ALERT)* : Your awesome resort threads have been super helpful to us!....


I have wondered if stays at the Yacht & Beach Club (and other Deluxe resorts) were available to winners of the contests. I saw on another post that Deluxe stays and also out of pocket add ons were possible to winners!

Have you been over to the thread over the past few days, or received a letter about the refurbishment of the Jib Slide?

From what I understand, the Jib Slide and that portion of the pool will be closed from Jan 17 to about Jan 25, but guests of Y&B will be able to use the slide at the Luna Park Pool at the Boardwalk. The other areas of SAB, the Lazy River and sandy beach portions, will still be open during those times.
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Thanks for posting. So excited to read a trip report from a winner!
Ditto!!! I'm looking forward to your trip report. Starting off great already!
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:08 PM   #14
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Can't wait to read
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Great Job Jen! I can't wait to hear about the rest! I'm so glad at least one of us is doing a TR!
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